Empire and City, Augustus to Julian: Obligations, Excuses and Status

@article{Millar1983EmpireAC,
  title={Empire and City, Augustus to Julian: Obligations, Excuses and Status},
  author={F. G. B. Millar},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  year={1983},
  volume={73},
  pages={76 - 96}
}
  • F. Millar
  • Published 1 November 1983
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
The early Roman Empire rested on a network of cities, which were capable both of conspicuous expenditure locally, in the form of public buildings, shows and festivals, and of carrying many of the functions of government; but by the fourth century their capacity to perform these roles had drastically declined. Both the capacity and the decline depended in part on the availability or inavailability of the richer classes to undertake expenditures associated with public offices or with liturgies… 

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